Georgetown gets a soft start to the NCAA Basketball betting season when they host Radford on Saturday. Both teams show a noticeable difference in quality between the sides.
The Hoyas have a star to work with as senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is a very talented piece. He has scored nearly 1400 points in his career while averaging more than 16 in the last two seasons. The questions for Georgetown’s season will be how fast can the cast of freshmen and sophomores around him develop. The good news is that this teams seems to have a fairly high ceiling. They got 23 votes to be in the Top 25 and while Villanova is the clear-cut favorite in the Big East, Georgetown is projected to finish second.
Radford actually had just as many wins as Georgetown last season (22) but of course, they were in a different conference. They’ll have to find a way to maintain their success despite the fact that they lost their top two scorers. They still have a lot of experience coming back, which is the good news. A trio of seniors in the backcourt should lead the way with YaYa Anderson, Cameron Jones and Rashun Davis. The question for opening night will be what can they do to match Georgetown in the frontcourt, which seems to be a weakness for the Highlanders heading into the season.
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Georgetown should have a significant home edge in this one. Last season’s stats show up that they’re much better at home as they were 13-3 in front of the home audience. That projects to an .812 winning percentage. However, when you flip that to road games, they were just 5-4 in true road games last season.
As for Radford, they also prefer to play at home. They were a mere 8-8 in true road games last season, which is merely .500 basketball. However, they proved to be much stronger when playing at home where they won 12 of their 15 games last season.
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What’s The Pick?
The Highlanders were picked to finish fourth in the Big South preseason poll, so it’s not as if they’re a really well thought of team. Now they face the team that’s expected to be the second best in the Big East.
The main issue in this one will be how Radford’s questionable frontcourt handles Georgetown’s bigs. Yes, the Hoyas lost their second- and third-leading scorers but Jessie Govan is a 6-10 center who figures to make an immediate impact. He’s one of the most highly-touted freshman heading into the Big East season. They also have a seven-foot senior center in Bradley Hayes, who will probably get more love this year after playing bits and pieces last year.
In short, with Smith-Rivera, more talent overall and more pedigree, the Hoyas should cash for your NCAA Basketball picks. Look for them to win by about 12 or 13 points, so bet the NCAA Basketball odds accordingly.
NCAA BAsketball Pick: Georgetown at Pinnacle.